Kate Hunter

Master Fencer ‘Culmination Of One Man’s Dream’

When the field goes to the post for the Kentucky Derby, Master Fencer will be the first Japanese-bred horse to make his start in the Run for the Roses. For owner Katsumi Yoshizawa, the event will be a new achievement for a formidable stable. Kate Hunter, the Japan-based representative for Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland, the Kentucky […]

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Japanese Mare Aerolithe Arrives At Gulfstream For Pegasus World Cup Turf

Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.’s Grade I-winning mare Aerolithe arrived at Gulfstream Park Wednesday morning at approximately 3:15 a.m. to prepare for the inaugural running of the $7-million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), North America’s richest turf race, Jan. 26. The Japanese-bred mare’s excellent adventure went from Tokyo to South Korea to Anchorage to Miami. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Photo Blog Presented By TVG: The View From Across Oceans

Japanese shipper Nuovo Record takes her time in the mornings here at Santa Anita. First, she walks around her barn for about 30 minutes. Then, she walks a lap around the training track. From there, it’s a relatively light canter one or two loops around the training track and additional walking before she goes back […]

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Breeders’ Cup Photo Blog Presented By TVG: Do Horses Get Jet Lagged?

If I had to register a guess, I’d say coffee is the most popular item at the Clockers’ Corner café this week. The humans traveling with several of the international Breeders’ Cup contenders are still struggling to recalibrate their internal clocks. Meanwhile, several European shippers took to the track Tuesday morning, looking as bright-eyed and […]

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Video: I’ll Have Another struts his stuff at Big Red Farm

After arriving at his new home at Big Red Farm in Japan, 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another announces his arrival and shows off a bit for his new owners. Kate Hunter filmed this great video of the Kentucky Derby winner as he checks out his ‘new digs’ and struts his stuff for the […]

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Hello, Japan: I’ll Have Another at Big Red Farm

I was the first journalist to reach Big Red Farm this morning, but I was far from the last. A dozen different people showed up to welcome the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to Japan. I’ll Have Another has actually been in Japan since July 19. From July 8-18 he was in quarantine in […]

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Hunter: The coolest racing app you’ll never have

Blood-Horse blogger Kate Hunter reviews JRA-VAN, a new racing app launched by the Japanese Racing Association that puts the rest of the non-sports-tech-savvy racing world to shame. The app is basically an iPhone/iPad based racing form, complete with entries, limited pps, horse and connections’ profiles, racing and training histories, and even 3-generation pedigrees. “It not […]

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Kate Hunter wins the prize for traveling the farthest to see Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Saturday, coming all the way from Tokyo, Japan. Actually, Hunter, a native of Nashville, Tenn., is an English teacher in Tokyo who was back home on a school break but decided to go forego family […]

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